Wallenpaupack Area's girls varsity hoops team fell to North Pocono in Division II action
Following last week's 50-24 win over East Stroudsburg North, the Wallenpaupack Area girls basketball team kept up the momentum this week by taking to the road Tuesday, trouncing Delaware Valley 47-35.
Bridgette Mann and Molly Jansco lead Paupack scoring 17 and 10 points, respectively. Mann kept the hits coming on Thursday at home versus Valley View by contributing 16.
She pushed her season tally to 219 and helped the Lady Bucks edge out the Cougars 35-19 for their ninth straight win.
That streak would come to a grinding halt on Friday when a night at North Pocono turned tragic.
Originally slated for January 3 and rescheduled due to weather, the game was the third this week for both teams.
It was the second away game for Paupack but the second home stand for the Lady Trojans, perhaps the windshield time had finally caught up to Paupack, but right from the get-go they had a hard time getting things going.
An early foul gave Jansco a trip to the line but she couldn't capitalize on the opportunity and the Lady Trojans went on to rack up a quick six points.
Jansco came back with one from the line, which would be the only Paupack basket for the first quarter.
Bridgette Mann opened up the second quarter with a 3-pointer and that seemed to energize the Lady Bucks.
Defensively they held North Pocono to nine points while they tallied thirteen.
Also helping the Paupack cause in the second period were Jansco with a lone hit from the line.
Nicki Mann made a 2-pointer and went 1-for-2 from the stripe. Olivia Scartelli chipped in two buckets and Bridgette Mann added another deuce to close out the half with the Lady Bucks trailing 15-14.
North Pocono held Wallenpaupack to just two points in the third quarter.
A lone basket from Raeann Ehrhardt late in the period was the only help for the Purple and White while the Lady Trojans doubled their score by dropping in another 15 points.
Making matters just a bit worse was Paupack's four fouls to Pocono's two.
By the last quarter both teams were showing balance on the court.
Paupack seemed to shake off its offensive funk and land some in the hoop while at the same time keep the defensive pressure on North Pocono.
Bridgette Mann nailed a lone foul shot to start things off and Irene Dispenza added a bucket shortly thereafter.
While the Lady Trojans responded to each basket, Paupack kept plodding on with Scartelli dropping in another bucket.
Jansco finished off the night first by hitting one foul shot, then getting a putback, and then capping it off with an inside jumper.
Unfortunately the late game push by the Lady Bucks wasn't enough and they succumbed to the Trojans by a final score of 40-26.
More so than the Lady Trojans defense, the greatest problem the Lady Bucks encountered all night was inaccuracy in their shooting.
Paupack did do a great job rebounding and blocking and actually held North Pocono to their second lowest nightly tally of the season.
However, North Pocono was careful to keep Nicki Mann away from the foul line and their plan to keep Bridgette Mann to low points played out well.
Similarly the Lady Bucks limited the damage that could have been inflicted by NP's Kaitlyn Lewis and Lexi Stephens.
Bridgette Mann and Kaitlyn Lewis are among the top five scoring players and the top two 3-point shooters in Division II, so when they are held to a combined 16 points for an entire game, it's obvious the defense put up by both sides was tough.
"I'm not unhappy with our defense," Head Coach Adam Holtzer said.
"Our attack was just not good. North Pocono stepped up on the 3-pointers and we just didn't shoot well."
Score by Quarters...
WA (12-2) 1 13 2 10 - 26
NP (12-1) 6 9 15 10 - 40